Upon reflection…

“O wad some Power the giftie gie us  To see oursels as ithers see us! ” Robert Burns, To A Louse My favourite line from my homeland’s national bard. It is part of Scottish schooling to learn and recite Burns form a very young age where we would win certificates and the teary-eyed pride of…

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Preaching to the Subverted

Last Winter I was invited to speak as part of a panel discussion on the topic of ‘transgender’ hosted by Rev. Michael Hampson of the Church of England, at St. Margaret’s Church in Hornby. My contributions were drawn from my long experience in both burlesque theatre and in advocating psychological wellbeing.  My ‘angle’ overall was…

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IFFY use of Wellbeing quotes…

Whilst there are many millions of great motivational quotes to be shared, there is an unhealthy trend for disgruntled folks to post wellbeing word memes as a form of thinly veiled bitchy commentary – don’t fall for it! If you feel uncomfortable seeing one, ask yourself why? Afterall they are INTENDED to uplift, right? Don’t…

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IFFY Decision making…

“What if I make the wrong decision?!” How many of us are held back by this immobilising dark cloud?  Everyone knows that ‘fight or flight’ is a fear response to threat, but there is a third… ‘freeze’. Indecision is immobilising because it is a fear response so if you see a dark cloud and you…

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Ironic Fundamentalism: The hilarious truth about existence

What IF… The nature of the universe is paradoxical? Ironic Fundamentalism is an upbeat approach to life which embraces a universal paradoxical awareness. This way we harness a sense of ‘ironic humour’ about ourselves, the universe and everything – one that leads us to answer the big questions – that lie unconsciously beneath our anxieties.…

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